English Garden is one of the biggest city parks I've ever seen. It is laid not far from the city center and you get it by walk in 5 muinutes. The garden appeared due to Graf Rumford in the beginning of XIX century and nowadays it has 373 hectares.
I was happy to find that...
I was happy to find that Germany felt a lot like home.
As I walked through the streets of Ottobrün, I was impressed at how clean everything was. There were recycling bins everywhere and people bring their own bags to the grocery store. If you don't have your own bag with you, you'd better plan on figuring out how to ask for one in German!
The trains in Germany are modern, clean and fast.
Things run smoothly. People obey crossing signals at street corners. The German language itself is quite lyrical. Because it has so many guttural sounds, I thought it would grate on my nerves, but it was nice to hear. Perfecting the accent, though, is quite another thing.
Interesting fact: apparently, no one asks for a to-go container at restaurants. This is probably true all over Europe. I was at a restaurant and couldn't finish my dinner. I asked if I could take most of my uneaten entrée with me (a common practice in the US), and the woman seemed confused at first. Then she put the food in one of the restaurant's tupperware containers for me to take. Oops! I didn't realize I was asking a lot, but they still accommodated me. How kind!
Even if you don't speak German (which you should definitely try to do--bring a phrasebook), you can still get around. A lot of people speak English. Those who don't might speak another language, if you know one. I had a pleasant conversation in Spanish with a 90 year-old German woman at the bus stop in Ottobrün. Germans are not in any way hostile toward Americans, which was a nice change after being in Paris!
I also was touched by a gesture made by an older German woman at the train station. I was carrying my backpack and looking for someplace to sit. The only place available was a staircase covered in dried soda, dirt and general train station slime. I didn't know it, but she was watching me. She saw that I was discouraged and took her pretzel out of the paper bag it comes in. Then she ripped the bag open, gave it to me and said, 'Bitte,' showing me that I should put it down on the steps and have a seat. What a wonderful, sweet thing to do! I love the Germans!
Paragliding - Just Try It!
Paragliding is a fun activity, which lets you enjoy nature, the beautiful scneery south of Munich with many lakes nestled among rolling hills and meadows, framed by mountains and the feeling of absolute freedom. The Paragliding school in Oberaudorf, 1 hour south of Munich offers week-end classes on Saturdays and Sundays for 100 Euro (in summer). You get an instruction into paragliding theory and can use all the necessary equipment. Knowledgable and experienced teachers guide you via audio sensors when you make your first moves in the air, gliding down a nice little beginners ski slope. You need no prior knowledge or flying expereince to take such a week end class. - only stable shoes (hiking or running shoes)
- something to eat and drink for lunch
Well, it's not in Munich, and...
Well, it's not in Munich, and I think plenty of tourists find it......but go to Tegernsee - it's absolutely beautiful! Tegernsee is the name of the lake that several towns are situated around, but is also the name of one of those towns..... Tegernsee Gymnasium (school) used to be a palace, and is absolutely amazing. There seem to be a lot of really nice ice cream parlours around here too!!